Parachute drop puts up $50,000 prize

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The Richard­sons’ Parachute Drop at the Pauanui Air­field on Satur­day, Jan­uary 20 could earn one lucky punter $50,000.

The RNZAF will bring a team of parachutists to land on the air­field. One of the team will drop a weighted streamer, with a dart drawn on it, on to a vir­tual (in­vis­i­ble) grid of 250,000 squares laid across half the air­field.

Five thou­sand of the squares will be given ticket num­bers. You win $50,000 if the tip of the dart lands in your square.

There are four guar­an­teed se­cond prizes of $2000 each and four guar­an­teed third prizes of $1000 each.

They are won de­pend­ing on how close they are to the land­ing square. Rules, which are printed on the back of the tick­ets, ap­ply.

Menz Shed pres­i­dent Keith Hardy says plan­ning for the event is well ad­vanced.

“In ad­di­tion to the drop we are also plan­ning ex­cit­ing ad­di­tional en­ter­tain­ment for all ages. Make this a fam­ily day. All en­ter­tain­ment is free. Tick­ets in the drop will add to the ex­cite­ment,” Mr Hardy said.

The $50,000 first prize might not be won. But the four se­cond prizes and the four third prizes are guar­an­teed and must be won.

The se­cond prizes are for the four ticket squares near­est the land­ing square. The third prizes are for the next near­est ticket squares.

Prize win­ners will be an­nounced later in the af­ter­noon.

Prize win­ners present at the event will be in­vited to a so­cial gath­er­ing at 5pm for spon­sors and oth­ers who have con­tributed to the day.

Reg­is­tered sur­vey­ors will lay out the grid and ran­domly al­lo­cate 5000 ticket num­bers to 5000 squares af­ter ticket sales close and be­fore the drop. They will iden­tify the land­ing square us­ing GPS af­ter the dart has landed.

All nec­es­sary le­gal re­quire­ments have been met. ■ The $20 tick­ets are now on sale from Drop Zones — all of Richard­sons’ of­fices through­out the Coro­man­del and in­for­ma­tion cen­tres at Pauanui, Tairua, Whanga­mata, Thames and Whi­tianga. Lo­cal groups are also sell­ing tick­ets. A max­i­mum of 5000 tick­ets will be sold.

No tick­ets will be sold af­ter 5pm on Jan­uary 19.

How­ever, ticket butts will have to be col­lected from the var­i­ous sales out­lets well be­fore Jan­uary 19. Buy­ers should get their tick­ets sooner rather than later or run the risk of miss­ing out.

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